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and ministry of the Southeastern Iowa
Synod by making a donation using our
Mission Support Forms for 2016
Submit your Mission Intent Form online or by downloading the PDF.
Synod Calendar

February 10
Ash Wednesday

February 17
Lutheran Day on the Hill
Des Moines

Event Registrations

Feb. 21, 2016

Children and Youth Ministry Network Gathering 
March 3, 2016

May 6-7, 2016

Love Like Jesus
June 16-19, 2016
Des Moines
Remember in Prayer
We remember in our prayers Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA and pray for generous support of new and expanded churchwide ministries and leadership around the world, in the name of Jesus Christ. More prayers...  
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Synod News
Your congregation’s plan for Mission Support in 2016
Mission Support is the portion of regular offerings that your congregation shares for synodical and churchwide ministries for God’s mission beyond the local congregation. Together we provide support for congregations and rostered leaders in time of transition; for our seminaries, campus ministry, and Lutheran Services in Iowa. 

Your Mission Support intent lets us move forward with confidence knowing that we are able to honor the commitments that have been made on behalf of your congregation. As you finalize your Mission Support commitment for 2016, please remember to share that information with the Synod Center for Ministry. 

Note: In past years, we have been able to gather this information from the congregation’s annual report. You may have noticed this information is not included in the 2015 report. Your Mission Support intent lets us move forward with confidence knowing that we are able to honor the commitments that have been made on behalf of your congregation. To submit your Mission Support plan for 2016 click here or e-mail Kathy Smith,
Death of Joyce Bohnsack
It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of Associate in Ministry Joyce Bohnsack, who died on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 after a long illness. She was commissioned in 1979. Joyce served on the staff at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport for 17 years in various capacities, including hospital visitation and as Director of Christian Education. An online obituary and memorials can be found here.

We thank God for the life and service of our partner in ministry, Joyce. With a sure and certain hope in the resurrection, we pray for Joyce's family and all those who mourn.
Sunday Soup
An Evening with the Bishop

All are welcome as congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod gather for an evening meal and to share stories of life and ministry. Bishop Burk will share his own thoughts and hopes for our life together as church, and facilitate conversation about how our connections to one another in Christ can bring to expression a bold and hopeful witness to our communities and to the whole world…all in the name of Jesus. Please bring a can of soup or offering for ELCA World Hunger and local food pantries. No registration or RSVP needed. 

Sunday February 21, 2016
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, IA

Sunday February 28, 2016
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Cedar Rapids, IA
Wellness Reformation and 2016 Health Assessment
It's time for Portico health plan members and spouses to take their health assessments by logging into their My Portico accounts. Completion of the assessment earns you $150 in wellness dollars, with the opportunity to earn $250 more in follow up activities. Take yours today!
Churchwide News
Time to Get to Know Each Other
By Elizabeth A. Eaton 
This article originally appeared in The Lutheran Magazine
Sometimes I just don’t get us. We are the least likely of all people to speak enthusiastically about our church. I don’t know if it is some cross-cultural Lutheran modesty that compels us to hide our light under a bushel, but the effect is that the ELCA is one of the best kept secrets—from ourselves. 

Other people in this country and around the world value who we are as a church and the work we do in Jesus’ name. Recently I was in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan observing the work of the Lutheran World Federation. 

The Syrian refugees knew what is Lutheran. Our colleges and universities affirmed the value of a Lutheran education—our tradition of free inquiry, vocation and service to the neighbor. Chris Kimball, president of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, proudly states that “Lutheran” is the school’s middle name. Non-Lutheran students attending the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia refer to the school simply as “Lutheran.” Lutheran Services in America is the largest social service-providing entity in the country, serving 1 in 50 Americans. I bet most of you reading this column didn’t know that.

Of course I understand that our primary identity is Christian and that baptism doesn’t make us Lutheran, it makes us part of the body of Christ. But the Lutheran witness to the gospel has something important and distinctive about it that is valued by other Christian and religious traditions, and by the secular world as well. Other people see it. We don’t. Continue reading...
Congregational Resources for Lent around World Hunger and Poverty
In 2016, ELCA World Hunger is extending an invitation to our congregations: Lift up the life-changing work of ELCA World Hunger through new levels of giving - spiritually, intellectually and financially - starting with Lent.

Beginning Sunday, Feb. 7, and extending through the season of Lent, congregations across the ELCA will join together to raise $2 million to benefit the ministries of ELCA World Hunger. This support will enable crucial work to get underway and help us kick-start our year-of-emphasis.

Order resources from ELCA World Hunger full of activities, tools, and ideas for engaging your congregation is issues of hunger and poverty during the Lenten season. Order online or download resources.
Synod Events
2016 Synod Assembly
While the many reasons to celebrate may be overshadowed by any number of challenges facing the church, we are preparing for the 2016 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly filled with hope. We will gather under the theme, Drawn to the Light of God, with an eye toward how Christ, the Light shines in our varied ministries and in every corner of our lives.

This year’s assembly will include election of Synod Council members, Rev. Ruben Duran, Director for New Congregations, will serve as the churchwide representative providing updates and stories of the work we do together as the ELCA. 

Friday, May 6, 2016-Saturday, May 7, 2016
Coralville Marriott and Convention Center 
Coralville, IA
Children and Youth Network Gathering
The Southeastern Iowa Synod Children and Youth Ministry Network will be holding a gathering on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Newton. The Network is made up of adults who have a passion to walk with young people in Christ’s mission for the sake of the world! The purpose of the network is to make connections with people in children/youth ministries, and to share ideas and resources to enhance various ministries in congregations and throughout the synod.  Whether you are full-time, part-time, a rostered leader, staff, or volunteer, you are welcome! Learn more and register online
A synod-wide event to enhance and support congregation confirmation ministries by exploring churchwide connections, engaging servant learning, and creating community. Cost: $10 per person. 
Churchwide Focus: Walk For Water Project

Sunday, February 21
1:00 – 6:00 pm
St. John’s Lutheran Church
More info and register online
You're Invited
Installation of Campus Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa
All are welcome to the Installation of Pastor Sarah Goettsch
Thursday, February 18 
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City
5:30 potluck
7:00 worship service
8:30 coffee reception at Lutheran Campus Mini
Lutheran Day on the Hill: Host a letter Writing Event!
Not everyone can make it to Lutheran Day on the Hill (February 17th)--but think about the impact it would make if each of our participants showed up with a stack of letters from the people back home! With very little effort your congregation could gather 25-50 letters. When combined with the letters from other SEIA Synod congregations it will all add up to a significant witness on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need.
Host an in-person or virtual letter writing event. 
You’ll find the resources you need here.
A fillable sample letter is available for you to use here.
Electronic copies of letters may be sent to by February 15th. Hard copies can be delivered on the day of the event or mailed to LSI ahead of time. We would like to be able to present a copy of each letter to the leaders of the House and Senate, so please make 2 additional copies of your letters and bring them along with you to the event.
Together we can raise awareness about issues of poverty and justice in our state! 
For more information please contact
Bread for the World 2016 Offering of Letters
For over 40 years, letters to Congress have helped drive the progress we've made against hunger. The 2016 Offering of Letters: Survive and Thrive will focus on the nutrition and health of mothers and children. We are asking Congress to support robust funding in this year's appropriations bill for nutrition and health for mothers, newborns, and young children. 

Printed Offering of Letters kits will be available in March and can be pre-ordered from the Bread store. However, you can start learning about the issues and planning your letter-writing event NOW. Everything you need is available here. 
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